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History & Vision

Candle 79 is the upscale, elegant sister restaurant of the famous Candle Cafe. Our Candle story began in the summer of 1984 when Bart Potenza purchased Sunny's, a landmark health food store and juice bar located on Manhattan's Upper East Side and made it his own. So taken with the previous owners' nightly ritual of lighting candles to bless their establishment, Bart renamed it the Healthy Candle and infused it with his own vision and beliefs.

In 1987 Joy Pierson began frequenting Healthy Candle as a customer and friend. She eventually became the in-house nutritionist for the fast-growing eatery. Bart was so impressed by her commitment to the vegetarian and holistic movement that he made her a partner in the business. As their mutual passion for their mission grew, so did their power as a team in the vegetarian movement. The Healthy Candle in its 10 year evolved from a juice bar and vitamin shop, into a full service juice bar and cafe featuring a vegetarian menu of homemade soups, sandwiches, salads and entrees.

Customer demand overwhelmingly confirmed that Healthy Candle could make a difference in people's lives by feeding them fresh, wholesome, vegetarian food. Bart and Joy knew they had to expand, but how? They asked, and the universe answered: on Friday the 13th, 1993, Bart and Joy won $53,000 in the take-five lottery, and Candle Cafe was on its' way! Since 1994, Candle Cafe has been serving an organic vegan menu composed of the freshest ingredients available and has been continually rated as one of the best vegan/vegetarian restaurants in the country by both traditional and holistic communities. Candle Cafe strives to bring every guest food that comes directly from the farm to the table by using produce grown locally whenever possible. The cuisine of Candle Cafe also inspired Bart and Joy's best selling Candle Cafe Cookbook. Candle Cafe also operates using the cleanest environmental practices possible and was the first Certified Green Restaurant in NYC by the Green Restaurant Association.

n 2003 demand for growth called again, and Candle 79 was born just 5 blocks away. This time, the Candle's famed vegan, organic cuisine was presented in a different setting, a two-floor fine dining oasis with an organic wine and sake bar for the conscientious yet sophisticated eater. Candle 79 has twice been rated as Zagat's #1 vegetarian restaurant, and its reputation is known internationally. It is a regular restaurant choice of neighborhood regulars, celebrities, politicians, and corporate tycoons.

Combining creative, beautifully presented healthy and delicious cuisine with gracious and knowledgeable service in a gorgeous duplex space, Candle 79 is at the forefront of a movement to bring elegance to vegetarian cuisine, and to bring the concepts of "local," "seasonal," "organic," and "vegan" into the culinary mainstream (by eli at testsforge). To further help it it's cause, Candle 79 also works in partnership with Social Venture Network, Better world Books, New York Coalition for Healthy School Food, Farm Sanctuary, Wellness in the Schools, Co-op America, and the Northeast Organic Farmer's Association.

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154 East 79th Street at Lexington Avenue | New York, NY 10021
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Monday - Friday Lunch 12:00PM - 3:30PM | Dinner 5:30PM - 10:30PM
Saturday Brunch 12:00PM - 3:30PM | Dinner 5:30PM - 10:30PM
Sunday Brunch 12:00PM - 4:00PM | Dinner 5:00PM - 10:00PM
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